We have developed a new CanSkate program based on Sport Canada’s long term athlete development (LTAD) principles. Exciting new features include a fresh new look, new awards, great tools for coaches and most importantly a tested and proven new curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills and developing them faster. But there’s more! The new program also includes specific skills that pertain to hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating. The result is a dynamic new program that prepares all skaters for virtually every ice sport.
Skate Canada is also proud to have all its programs taught by professional coaches who are specially trained and certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).
Our clubs from across Canada are excited as they prepare to welcome and serve learn-to-skate clientele from every walk of life, age and every interest level.
What is CanSkate?
CanSkate is a dynamic learn-to-skate program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development, completed in GROUP LESSON format. Based on Sport Canada’s long term athlete development (LTAD) principles, CanSkate centers on physical literacy and the fundamental skills needed to take part in any ice sport or to skate as a recreational activity.
Who’s it for?
For beginners of all ages, children (3 years old and up), as well as teens and adults wishing to learn to skate!
NCCP-trained professional coaches, assisted by trained program assistants.
What will you learn?
A complete series of balance, control and agility skills taught in six stages of learning that pertain to hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating as well as general recreational skating. CanSkate uses nationally-tested and proven curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills and developing them faster.
What can you expect?
Action, movement and fun! Lessons are given in a group format with a coach-to-student ratio of a maximum 1:10 (not one to one instruction). Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, upbeat music and a wide variety of activities that create a motivational environment and promote learning. Badges, ribbons and other incentives are used to benchmark skaters’ progress and reward effort and participation.
What do you need to participate?
All you need are skates, a CSA-approved hockey helmet, long pants, mittens, warm sweater or jacket. Dress in layers – it will get warm!
When does the program run?
CANSkate at Niagara Falls Skating Academy is a full season program which starts in September and ends in March. We also run a short Spring School session for 6 weeks Starting after our regular season in April – May.
What if my son/daughter tries it and does not like it? Can I get a refund?
Unfortunately, we do not offer a refund if children change their mind or dislike the program. A credit to your account will ONLY be given in the instance of an injury or illness which prevents the skaters return to the ice temporarily. In this instance, the credit is subject to a $25 administration fee and a medical note is required.
Additional Fees to registration:
In addition to the registration cost, a $40 non-refundable Skate Canada fee will apply to all skaters (both Canskate and Starskate). This fee covers the skaters insurance and their registration with Skate Canada. It is a mandatory fee and is paid once a year. Memberships expire in August of every year and must be renewed when you sign up for programming again the following skating year.
As well, all skaters must participate in a $40 mandatory Club Fundraiser ticket booklet. This will be charged along with the Skate Canada Fee. This fundraiser helps the Club raise money towards ice costs, keeping registration prices low and competitive for all our skaters at all levels. For our Canskate families with 3 or more children registered in Canskate, only 2 ticket booklets per family will be required.